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October 2015

Online courses benefit 90 per cent of Indian students: Survey : News

According to the survey, India has done significantly better than other countries in availing education through online programmes.

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MOOCs in the Media: The Story Behind the Story

Paper presented at The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference, Hagen, FernUniversitat, 29th October.

How Online Classes Can Help Your Career

Want to get ahead in your career? Join the crowd. Fifty-two percent of Coursera students are taking online courses to improve their career, according to president and co-founder Daphne Koller. Of those students, 87% get benefits from online education, she says. “That benefit comes in many different flavors, some of them just find themselves doing better at their current jobs,” Koller says. At least 34% get what she calls a tangible benefit, like a raise, a higher paying job, or starting a new business. Employers are looking for more than people with more than just a specific skill-set; they’re also looking for people who are motivated self-starters.

MOOC watch: Do half of an MIT masters degree for free

Renowned US university MIT offers a new MicroMaster’s qualification which is half of a regular master’s degree. Better still, it costs almost nothing.

Marketing the Coolest Content on Your Campus May Pay Off | Call to Action: Marketing and Communications in Higher Education | Inside Higher Ed

Some skeptics might consider KSU’s experiment a failure because of its low completion rate. But in evaluating this MOOC in 2015, KSU looked at other factors, including social media mentions. And, in fact, the MOOC helped to increase brand awareness: “Over 25,000 Twitter Hashtags Tweets and Re-Tweets were documented. … More than half had never heard of the institution. Another 25% had heard of the institution but were largely unfamiliar with it.”

Out-moocing the MOOCs: Traditional institutions fight back

MOOCs – massive open online courses – were hailed as the great disruptor to higher education. Now, the institutions they were predicted to dislodge are adapting MOOCs and using their best features for on-campus teaching.

New study of low MOOC completion rates | Inside Higher Ed

The average completion rate for massive open online courses is less than 7 percent, according to data compiled by an Open University doctoral student as part of her own MOOC studies.

Peter Mellow’s insight:
Makes the average 16.5% we are getting in our Financial Specialization courses look good!

Day of the MOOC

A nice animated GIF about MOOCs

 

Posts about Literacy Jokes written by Graeme Smith

A Professor Walks Into a MOOC…

According to the Benign Violation Theory, humor has its roots in potentially negative experiences (i.e., violations) that are made to seem okay in some way (i.e., benign). That makes joke telling risky because you can fail by being too benign or by creating too much of a violation.

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